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The Top 5 Reads For the Month of July

Leaders are Readers

Need a new read or thinking of dropping the Netflix habit for something more useful?

Here are the top 5 books recommended by featured guests on LSG in the month of July!

stealing fire5. Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal.

Recommended to the Strike Group by Justin Rezvani, CEO of theAmplify, here.

A look into flow states and how the future of humanity is dependent on how we think it to be in our minds!

Stealing Fire lays out exactly how to hack the brain. As an entrepreneur, it is imperative to understand how your mind works at critical times and critical places!

If you’re at all interested in knowing how your mind works, this is imperative reading!

crucial conversations4. *Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Swizler.

Recommended by Evan Lutz, Co-Founder/CEO of Hungry Harvest.

Many ‘defining’ moments in life come from having crucial conversations (as these create significant shifts in attitude and behavior).

This book focuses on techniques on how to hold such conversations in a positive space when surrounded by highly charged emotions, especially with a lot on the line. Their findings are based on 25 years of research with 20,000 people.

A seven step process to remain empathetic, make it safe, and create an action plan when interacting with others!

zero to one3. Zero to One by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters -

"Fledging idea in your head to real world product," as recommended by Anthony Zhang.

Four focuses here:


2. A bad plan is better than no plan. What are you waiting for?
3. Competitive markets destroy profits. Better to own a segment, first, than take on the world!
4. Sales matters just as much as product. This is HUGE for aspiring entrepreneurs!

Leaders eat last2. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek.

Proudly recommended  to the Strike Group by Brendan Candon, CEO of Sideline Swap.

“Organizations where people share values and where people are valued succeed over the long term in good and bad times.” Simon's description of leaders of great organizations, who “do not see people as a commodity to be managed to help grow the money,” but instead, “see money as the commodity to be managed to help grow their people” tells you everything you need to know about this one.

Perfect for anyone in any facet of entrepreneurism as Simon specifically challenges Generation Y to "be the leaders we wish we had!"

team of teams1. Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal, US Army(Ret.).

Proudly recommended to us by Sam Slaughter, CEO of Powergen Renewable Energy.

The bottom line up front of Team of Teams :  McChrystal is urging that an organization function more as an “organism” than as a “machine.”  He states that a great leader behave more like a gardener than a chess master. Entrepreneurial team leaders will find that interactions between teams within an organization be modeled after interaction within great teams.

The Old-style leadership – focused on quicker, less-pricey, more efficient –  privileged cost savings and timing over quality needs to be shifted. In today’s rapidly changing world, he says, “Adaptability, not efficiency, must become our new central competency.”

Pick one of these up in August and accelerate your ability to lead yourself and your team by September!


*Recommended in June! It's just that good!

About the author, Tim

US Navy Surface Warfare Officer.
Lacrosse Player.

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